The parts that make up each end interlock for solid support.

HEAVY-DUTY LEGS. It starts with the t legs, as you can see in the drawing on the opposite page. The outside faces of the legs are mitered around a thick filler. The box that runs along the bottom of these two pages shows how they're made.

Connecting the legs at each end is a cross tie that slips into dadoes cut in the leg faces. A side rail is then glued to the cross tie (details 'a' and 'b' on the opposite page). The result is a rigid unit that cn t flex under pressure. All that remains for the base is to connect the two end assemblies.

COMPLETING THE BASE. The way the ends are joined is similar ro the way the legs are connected to each other. But there's an important d f-ference. It starts with a plywoc c panel that has tongues cut alon g all four edges to fit in the upper dad cut in the legs, as shown in c:; ai _-'b' and 'c' at right.

The difference is that ir_-:._: i gluing the plywood panel in pla I attached it with screws. as . can see in the drawing. _ - _ screws makes the base easy to take apart and reuse for a larger p- -:. in the future. (All you need tc make is a larger plywood and new front and back rail-

Cut to Shape. Use the template at right to cut the leg to shape, then sand it smooth.

Drill and countersink holes for #6 * V Fh woodscrew

Glue in Leg Fillers. Next, glue leg fillers to the faces to complete the blank. Then square up the edges.

Drill and countersink holes for tt8x 1%" Fit woodscrews

NOTE: Cleats are made from plywood, base panel is made from plywood. Rails are made from -thick hardwood

Leg assembly

~re front and back edges of the base are covered by a pair of hard-

• . rails. Besides covering the plvwood edges, the rails prevent base from sagging. Just be sure to glue the rails to the base only.

Glue up Leg Faces. A waxed, rabbeted key and spacer keeps the leg faces square as they are glued up.

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